“It was just a different story, we set up the car very differently, we didn’t know what the car was going to be like, just because it’s slower speed we thought we’d struggle a bit more – and in Barcelona we struggled in the slower speeds.
“We have to just kind of understand it, why when we ran the set-up we have in Barcelona that doesn’t work as well, but why it worked very well here.”
Norris conceded that there’s more to be done to ensure consistently competitive form in 2021.
“We’re not there yet, we’ve still got a lot of work to do. I was very happy with my qualifying lap yesterday. I don’t think we were two-tenths off on pure pace, I think I put in a very good lap, I think realistically we were three of four-tenths off.
“We’ll see. I’m confident for certain tracks because of this result, places like Singapore, for example. Tracks that are more like Barcelona, I’m a bit more nervous about.
“Baku I guess I can be half-confident, half-nervous. Mixed feelings, but I’m confident we’re doing a good job, but we just need to keep it up and keep improving.”
A second podium of the 2021 season was the perfect way for Norris to celebrate his extended contract. The new deal shows an impressive degree of confidence in both parties that they can continue to make progress together.